Condoleezza Rice will be giving the commencement speech this year at Rutgers University, but the faculty on campus aren’t too happy about it. Rutgers University faculty council has passed a resolution calling for the school to rescind the “appalling” invitation for Rice to speak at commencement. The faculty council said her role in the Bush administration ”led to the second Iraq war, which caused the death of over 100,000 men, women and children, and the displacement of millions of others.”
The faculty resolution accused Rice of participating “in a political effort to circumvent the law” and claimed that she played a major “role in [the Bush] administration’s efforts to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the existence of links between al Qaeda and the Iraqi regime.” A student-written editorial in the campus newspaper also complained about Rice’s upcoming speech and said her “questionable” politics made her unsuitable to address the entire campus.
“We just don’t feel comfortable having politicians as commencement speakers at all. A commencement speaker is meant to be someone who has made some extraordinary and meaningful accomplishments in their lives to inspire a generation of college graduates,” read the student editorial. “Rice probably has a lot of advice on perseverance, dedication and hard work that she can offer to this year’s graduating class, but what she chose to do with those qualities is certainly questionable to us.”
However, Rice’s commencement speech will still be moving forward as scheduled. A university spokesman said her appearance was “unanimously approved” by the board of directors and her speech will not be canceled.